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WibbleWobble

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#322153 MFME Cabinet - Building an Idea

Posted by WibbleWobble on 04 November 2018 - 04:11 pm

Hi All,

 

Apologies for the lack of updates, a last minute urgent business trip to the Czech Republic has kind of got in the way of progress. However I have managed to make myself some inserts for the various buttons. I wanted something that was common across all the buttons. I found a very useful guide over on DAD's for adding multiple strokes within Photoshop and with a bit of playing I came up with the below:

 

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Which when fitted to the buttons look like:

 

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Overall I think i'm pretty pleased with the look that they give. Hopefully will get some more time this week to work on the build.

 

Pete

 

 




#321796 MFME Cabinet - Building an Idea

Posted by WibbleWobble on 17 October 2018 - 08:36 pm

Hello Again,

 

I have had a bit of an issue with fitting the coinmech due to a bit of a measuring oversight, but fortunately I think that I have managed to get away with it and progress on the cabinet can now continue with the wiring and connections of the buttons.

 

I fitted the coinmech into the back of the cabinet and checked it for position, 

 

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fortunately it cleared the monitor (just)

 

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with this in place I created a test piece to make sure that I could get the coin bezel to fit onto the monitor panel.

 

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Once that I had this, I was able to use it to create the holes in the monitor panel and mount the coin bezel on the machine.

 

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It was all seeming to go well, so then fitted the coinmech into the coinmech holder which I'd fitted back into the machine, when I fitted this back into the machine and tried to feed a coin in, the bezel and the coinmech didn't line up, I was slightly stumped, so I removed the monitor panel and re-fitted the test piece, which lined up perfectly, this was when I realised that I had clamped the test piece onto the outside of the cabinet and lined up the outside edges. thus meaning that the Coin Bezel was too far to the left looking from the front of the cabinet.

 

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So after a little bit of contemplating and measuring I realised that a piece of the Cabinet MDF fitted behind the coinmech holder would bring everything back in line, however this will mean that the bottom of the coinmech sorter will hit the monitor panel, so I would need to remove a piece from the side of the back of the monitor holder, shown below by the red rectangle.

 

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So I cut a piece of MDF and mounted it behind the coinmech holder, thus moving the coinmech the required 18mm and allowing everything to line up.

 

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with this piece of MDF in place and the coinmech mounted everything lined up as can be seen below:

 

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And the piece that I had cut out of the back of the monitor holder was large enough to allow the coin sorter to clear then monitor.

 

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Hope the post isn't to boring for folks.

 

 

Next I plan to move onto the wiring and position of the computer, I plan to mount the ipac and pac-drives on a board that will be able to be removed if needed.

 

Pete  

 

 

 

 

 

 




#321703 MFME Cabinet - Building an Idea

Posted by WibbleWobble on 14 October 2018 - 06:32 pm

Hello Again,

 

Managed to make some further progress on the build today.

 

The monitor now has been mounted onto it's panel and the blocks for this to mount on have been put on the back of the front panel.

 

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Below is the main panel fitted into the cabinet with the buttons in place. I think that it is going to work quite well and the height and layout feels good.

 

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When the monitor was screwed in place to test I was really pleased with the fit and the space around the sides for access to the buttons for wiring etc.

 

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Next was to look at creating the main button panel for below the monitor, I have added the following fixed buttons on this panel

 

Cancel, Hold, Hold/Hi, Hold/Lo, Hold (for Club machines), Collect, Exchange, Special (Let's play Barcrest etc) and Start

 

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And when the control panel is fitted to the cabinet and with buttons in the holes:

 

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Really starting to get a feel for how it will look, and I have to say I'm really pleased thus far.

 

Pete

 

 

 

 

 

 




#321512 MFME Cabinet - Building an Idea

Posted by WibbleWobble on 09 October 2018 - 08:30 pm

Hi All,

 

As you may have seen from some of my previous threads I have been collecting the bits to try and build a freestanding MFME cabinet. I have been inspired in this by Uptown and Reg and No1Stoney all of who seem to have made absolutely amazing cabinets. I just hope that my attempt will be playable once it is finished.

 

This weekend I managed to get some time and cut the sides of the machine, and when glued together they look like:

 

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The reason that they are glued and not a single piece is that I do not have the space to handle a single sheet of MDF, so after some testing I have found that I can edge glue them and the result once cured is nigh on impossible to break at the join.

 

Once these were fully cured (next day) I then started to assemble the cabinet using join blocks so that the various panels can be removed to allow access to the innards.

 

Attached File  Side and Back.jpg   126.85KB   1 downloads

 

And once the other side and a base frame were added we have a self supporting basis of a skeleton.

 

Attached File  Sides and Back.jpg   134.35KB   1 downloads

 

This evening, I have been trying to create a screen mount and get the positioning of the buttons round the screen to a position that I am happy with.

 

Pete

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




#320624 Rob Da Bank Wdx

Posted by WibbleWobble on 13 September 2018 - 08:14 am

That is looking great TommyC, I for one wouldn't have the first clue where to start, and I am appreciative of all the talented folks like you, Vec etc (apologies to all who didn't get a mention) who make these amazing DX and classic layouts for us to enjoy.

 

And lets be honest, you can spend more than a years gold membership on fancy coffee for 3 or 4 people these days!! and people think nothing of that but won't put their hand in their pocket to support the scene.

 

Pete




#319872 And so it starts...

Posted by WibbleWobble on 12 August 2018 - 09:09 pm

Hello folks,
Over the past couple of weeks I've been assembling parts and this weekend, got some time to actually put some of them together, using the excellent MFME keyboard guide by Reg, I managed to build the attached.



I then decided to move onto trying to get my coin mech to accept coins..... I have got a Cashflow 126Dfx which has been updated to accept the new £1 coin. The issue I have is that every coin that it should accept gets for flashes on the diagnostic LED. Which according to the manual is, 'coin recognised but not accepted due to inhibit setting.' I've read the manual from cover to cover and I know it is something amiss in my wiring, the question is does anybody have a wiring diagram, suitable for use with MFME. Or some guidance for a terminally confused but enthusiastic amateur.

Thanks in advance

Pete

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